The CBU-105 is a precision-guided weapon, which is based on the CBU-97 free-fall, cluster bomb. It was first used in combat by the US Air Force in Iraq, in 2003. Developed by Textron Defense Systems, it was originally designed to be dropped from low-flying fighter-bombers to attack and destroy Soviet armoured divisions. It was also used in Yemen by the Saudi Air Force as it had been supplied by the US Air Force.
Guided by a smart, wind-corrected tail kid, the CBU-105 is composed of 10 sensor-fuzed, smaller units (CBU-108 submunitions), which come off the bomb shaft as its skin is ripped open by a linear-shaped charge. Falling down by parachute, each of these 10 units has in turn 4 smart, skeet warheads, which are released as the submunition is briefly boosted upward, with the warheads spreading out. Spinning fast on its axis, each of them is guided to the target by a dual mode passive infrared and active laser sensor, which is fitted in the warhead. Thus, the CBU-105 is able to destroy up to 40 tanks.
CBU-105 Anti-Tank Cluster Bomb